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Scabies hits Rochester General

Scabies hits Rochester General

Four patients at Rochester General Hospital have been diagnosed with scabies...a skin condition that can spread from person to person.

Hospital officials say it was first diagnosed in a patient who was being treated for an unrelated health problem. Since then, four confirmed and 16 suspected cases have been found.

Rochester General Health Systems says it's working with guidance from the State Health Department to address the infections. Scabies is treated with a topical cream and can be blocked by wearing gloves and gowns. Preventative treatments are also available and are being given to the hospital staff and patients.

RGHS is also contacting recent patients because people can have the infection for a few days before getting the rash.


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